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Arrests made in connection to body found on Key Peninsula last month

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Aug. 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
August 11, 2012 8:46 pm

Deputies have arrested two people in the death of Leon Dwayne Baucham Jr., a 33-year-old Puyallup man whose body found shot and tied-up on the side of a rural Key Peninsula road last month.

The victim’s mother-in-law was arrested today on suspicion of first degree murder and kidnapping, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

“After we did some quick investigation, we determined that (the body was found) within a quarter-mile of the in-law’s house,” Troyer said. “As we investigated that path, it led us to the mother-in-law having some involvement.”

An accomplice that officials believe the woman enlisted to do the assault and killing was arrested Friday, Troyer said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said last month that Baucham died from a gunshot wound to the torso.

His body was found by a couple walking their dog the evening of July 12 in the 14900 block of 82nd Avenue Northwest, near Wauna in unincorporated Pierce County.

The body had been there only a matter of days, Troyer said, and investigators believe Baucham was killed at a different location.

Officials are still investigating whether anyone else was involved with Baucham’s death.

“We’re also looking into the possibility that there’s others,” Troyer said.

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